This blog is entitled Me Myself and Kids. I take that moniker seriously. Those of you who are regular visitors know, I rarely venture outside of the mission I’ve set for myself. People who come to a blog with the title Me Myself and Kids have a right to expect parenting and family related material. Though I often talk about myself with little mention of the children, I imagine the topics could be on the minds of other parents.
Thanks for reading this far. This post will be outside of my normal purview. I hope you’ll choose to read on.
This past weekend I was speaking with my Aunt M. She and I have very different political views. We completely disagree on many of the issues that are being discussed during this political season (and many that are not).
But I don’t question her intentions. I don’t question that she means well. I don’t question that she wants what she wants because she thinks it is best for the country.
I respect her right to have an opinion that is completely different from mine. I fully believe that her thoughts are coming from a decent and patriotic place.
I’m confident my aunt would say the same of me.
Now, part of this comes from the love we have for each other. I don’t just see her as a Democrat or Republican. Conservative or liberal. Progressive or moderate. I don’t just see her for the opinion she has on political or social issues.
She is my aunt first and primary.
But it’s more than love.
It’s respect. It’s a willingness to hear and listen to the other. It’s the courtesy of appreciating that different opinions and viewpoints don’t make the other person stupid. They don’t make the other person an idiot. They don’t make the other person a fool. The don’t make the other person evil.
And I wonder why can’t this happen on a wider scope?
I wonder why people can’t respectfully disagree.
Why can’t we simply accept others have different opinions without insisting they have ulterior motives? I know my belief is coming from a sincere place, so why should I assume differently from someone whose opinion differs?
I’m not naïve. There are certainly some people who do have ulterior motives. We all want what is good for us. But for the mass majority of people, their interests are not exclusively self-centered.
In a couple of months (in all likelihood), both parties will have selected a nominee. A few months later we, as a nation, will select a new President. And on January 20th 2017, that new President will be sworn in as the leader of all Americans. It does not matter if he or she was the candidate you supported.
And on January 21st, the sun will rise.
Let’s afford each other some respect.
Let’s remember that disagreement does not have to lead to hatred.
Let’s not vilify those who believe differently.